Jordan Eberle has been linked to the Islanders for years and this morning he became the Isles’ newest member. A day after freeing up some cap space via trading Mikhail Grabovski to the Vegas Golden Knights, the Islanders made their move. That move was a one-for-one trade in which the Islanders sent Ryan Strome over to Edmonton in exchange for Jordan Eberle.
While many claim Eberle had a down-year, Eberle had 20 goals and 31 assists for 51 points over 82 games. Will this may be a down-year by his standards, the 27 year old will have a chance to bounce back with the Isles starting with the 2017-2018 season. Playing together with Canada on multiple occasions, Isles captain John Tavares and Jordan Eberle have some chemistry. It is expected that the 27 year old will at least start the season on Tavares’ wing. Eberle, who has 165 goals and 217 assists over 507 NHL games, has two more years left on a six-year deal worth $36 million that pays him $6 million annually.
As for Ryan Strome, the 2011 5th overall pick hasn’t been able to produce at the same rate he did during the 2014-2015 season (his first full NHL season). This season, Strome scored 13 goals and 17 assists for 30 points in 69 games. Strome has one more year left on his two-year, $5 million dollar deal that he signed ahead of training camp last fall.
Hopefully, a change in scenery will benefit both players as we thank Ryan Strome for his time with the Islanders and welcome Jordan Eberle to Brooklyn!